STEM on tap at TAXI

June 06, 2016 / Posted in Condos, Denver, Developments, Downtown, Real Estate

STEM program at TAXI.

STEM program is a partnership with Zeppelin Development and the Denver Public Library.

STEM program kicks off today.


A unit in Zeppelin Development’s Freight Residences.

Zeppelin Development is partnering with the Denver Public Library to bring interactive STEM programming to the family-friendly Freight Residences apartment building in its TAXI development in RiNo.

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The goal the Zeppelin Partnership is to engage young people with free opportunities to learn and grow during the summer months.

As a part of the DPL’s larger “Summer of STEM” initiative, the programs are designed to create a fun environment where kids’ knowledge in the crucial areas of STEM can be increased.

Two series of STEM events will be held in the creative recreation starting at 10:30 a.m. today at the 48-unit Freight Residences, 3515 Ringsby Court. The program runs through August.

Freight Residences, in the multi-faceted TAXI site, is a first of its kind project in RiNo. It focuses on bringing family housing to the urban neighborhoods of Denver.

“TAXI was designed to be a place for every generation,” said Kyle Zeppelin, principal of Zeppelin Development.

“Bringing this (STEM) program to Freight Residences, we continue that vision by providing a resource for kids and families living at TAXI, RiNo and the adjacent, underserved neighborhoods of Globeville and Elyria-Swansea,” Zeppelin continued.

“It’s the next chapter in creating a multi-dimensional neighborhood with community-driven services and programs, on top of the existing food and arts culture that RiNo is known for.”

The library is extremely pleased with the Zeppelin Development partnership, according to Michelle Jeske, a Denver City Librarian.

“We are thrilled to partner with Zeppelin Development to create opportunities for at-risk kids and families in the River North and Globeville areas,” Jeske said.

“Our STEM camps and Storytimes provide children fun and educational experiences that prepare them for success in the 21st century,” she continued.

“It’s an honor to bring library services to an area that’s undergoing a vital transformation and we’re excited to be a part of it.”

The DPL’s STEM programming at Freight Residences will consist of two groups. One is for toddlers. The other is for tweens and teens

The summer 2016 schedule:

  • STEM Storytime: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. STEM Storytime is geared towards children ages two through five and their parents or caregivers.
  • On select Fridays throughout the summer, each storytime will cover a specific STEM topic. They will include  music, stories and a related activity.
  • July 1: Shapes
  • July 15: LEGOs
  • July 29: Bubbles
  • Aug. 12:  Color Mixing.

On some Tuesdays, the DPL will make STEM come alive with individual and group activities. They will  combine play, creativity, and learning.

Other dates and times:

  •  Today: Keva Planks – Wooden blocks may seem like child’s play. Keva Planks takes building to the next level. In this program tweens and teens will have the opportunity to build a ball run, design a bridge, or explore on their own.
  • July 12: LEGO We do. Participants can build LEGO models featuring working motors and sensors, program their model and then compete to win.
  • July 26: Makey Makey Mario Bros. – Makey Makeys turn everyday objects into video game controllers. This program challenges teens and tweens to play Super Mario Bros. with a common household object.
  • Aug. 9: Trick Photography.  This program will teach photo and editing tricks, creating illusions from walking up a wall or vacationing in Aruba. Participants should bring an email address or memory stick to save their digital creations.